How Latvia reacted on Russian recognition

While official Riga “harshly” condemns the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia’s independence by official Moscow, I wonder whether official Tbilisi in any way appreciates or commends on the feeble support of a feeble country, that is joining in song of its new host against its former host, which they unequivocally call “occupants”.

RIGA, Aug 27 – RIA Novosti. The President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers made a joint statement with the Foreign Minister of Latvia Maris Riekstins, in which they condemned the decision of Russia to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“This decision is contrary to the principles of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, recognized by the UN and OSCE. Latvia supports the territorial integrity of Georgia within its existing borders and calls on the parties to find a political solution. In turn, the decision made by the Russian side, in no way solves the issue”, as outlined in the joint statement of the President and the Minister.

(Translation by Artiom Pereverzev of the original article by Yury Guralnik)

Valdis Zatlers also says official Riga is supporting and is going to continue to support the territorial integrity of Georgia and the people’s desire to see their country as a full-fledged NATO and EU member. But I wonder how a people’s desire (and even right) for self-determination is not an eligible factor for any kind of grace from Mr. Zatlers.

The Latvian officials refer to going against the UN and OSCE, when they talk about the “crime” committed by Mr. Medvedev. But the UN seem more neutral on the issue. Here is what the UN are saying about the recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes that the UN has no power to recognize or reject the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, since only the UN Member States can recognize or reject the independence, said on Tuesday UN official spokesman Terry Michelle Montas.

She also reported that Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly addressed the topic of recent developments in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict, calling for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the civilians affected by military actions.

However, according to Montas, “today’s development of the situation could have a greater impact on the security and stability in the Caucasus”, according to RIA Novosti.

She also indicated that Secretary-General regrets that the work in the UN Security Council to find a common solution to the crisis in Georgia can complicate.”

(Translation by Artiom Pereverzev of the original article by

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